Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)
What is RCIA?
RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process for adults who want to become Catholics. It is an opportunity for adults to learn more about Catholic beliefs and practices and the values that shape our lives. Adults, who choose to do so receive the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation during the Easter Vigil. It is the culmination of a new life in Christ.
Why is RCIA Important?
You may have a family member or friend who is Catholic. You may be dating, engaged or married to a Catholic. You may be unbaptized or baptized in another Christian tradition. You may have been baptized a Catholic, but never received the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Throughout the year, many come forward seeking to learn about the Catholic faith. If you are interested in learning about the Catholic faith or are thinking about becoming a Catholic, please call us at the Parish Office 301-567-5506 or call Mike Maxey 301-536-1543 or Deacon Andy Espinosa 301-275-3647. "Inquiry" is the first step in the process of discerning one's commitment to full initiation into the Catholic Church. Many of our parishioners went through the RCIA process at St. Columba. Many have expressed profound gratitude for being invited into the Catholic Church and for the way the Church has changed their lives because they have been introduced to a more perfect union with GOD, the power of the Holy Spirit, the abundance of grace obtained through the Sacraments, and the wisdom of GOD through the richness of the Catholic Church.
Who should sign-up for RCIA?
Any adult, 16 years or older, non-Catholic, or even an adult baptized Catholic who has not received First Communion or Confirmation may join RCIA. Good candidates are parents, in-laws, co-workers, friends, spouse or fiance'.
Where and When we meet?
The 2016-2017 RCIA Group does gather every Saturday, September through April, at 9:30 a.m. in the 7th grade class room just next to the Library and Father Dewan Hall.